Sunday, March 12, 2017
"Stealing Fire" by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal - Revolutionizing The Way We Live and Work
"Stealing Fire," written by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal is a follow-up to Kotler's bestselling "The Rise of Superman." In this current book, the authors chronicle the emergence and broadening acceptance of altered states of consciousness as a route to extraordinary levels of performance and creativity. They offer numerous case studies of Navy SEALS, corporate executives, and well-respected scientists who have used a wide variety of techniques and substances to achieve levels of performance that far exceed the norm, and that supercede prior personal standards of excellence.
The authors lay out a convincing case explaining why meditation, mind-altering drugs taken in appropriate dosages, and catalytic tribal events like Burning Man have taken the mind-altering movement from the realm of hippies and the Beat Generation to the Boardroom and Coronado, California, home of the Navy Seals. As they explain it, this revolution in enhanced performance has four components: Psychology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Technology. Using the ancient myth of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods to equip mankind to excel, the authors clearly explain how these four forces have allowed enlightened individuals and groups to achieve previously unimagined levels of sustained excellence and success.